San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 338-2291 (415) 338-6537(fax)
Current ResearchTelecommunications and Alienation
Art as Research
Agents and Human-Computer Interface
Environmental and Biological Sensing
GPS Satellite Location Technology
Mapping of Conceptual and Emotional Space to Physical Space
EducationSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago
M.F.A., Art and Technology/ Performance, 1981
University of Chicago
TeachingArt Department, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California
Professor, Conceptual/ Information Arts. 1982 - Present.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, DesPlaines, Illinois
University of Illinois, Chicago Circle.
Art Events and Installations
The installation presents a sound/video/kinetic ëinfomaticí event which
changes in real time based on the live position of San Francisco
Muni trains moving about the city at the moment of viewing. Includes
video that matches what passengers are seeing and the "Magic Muni Chair'
that vibrates in resonance with real train movements. YLEM Show - Somarts
Gallery, 2001; Exploratorium - Teleopolis Show, 2002
BODY SURFING. Cultural theorists claim that in our electronically mediated era the physical body is increasingly irrelevant. "Body Surfing" uses state of the art body sensing technology to ironically question this claim by allowing visitors to investigate the limitations and pleasures of the body through drumming, stretching, dancing, and running. SFSU Art Gallery,2000
DON'T MISS IT. (Work in Progress, 2000)
50 POINTS OF LIGHT. Siggraph98 Pioneers Show. Siggraph, Orlando, 1998
CRIME-Z-LAND. San Francisco Arts Commission. San Francisco, CA 1998
TELEPRESENT. San Francisco, 1997.
La FINCA The Homestead project, Museum of Art, Valencia,Spain, 1996
ARTIST IN RESIDENCIES Xerox PARC Research Center and NTT Research Center,
Palo Alto, CA. 1994-6
MEMORY MAP. Multimedia,95. SIGCHI (Boston,MA), and DATA/DADA Show, Maryland
Art Place, Baltimore, MD
IS ANYONE THERE? . SIGCHI, 1993 (Monterrey,CA) and SIGGRAPH, 1993 (Chicago),
Ars Electronica, 1993 (Austria)
ORATORIO FOR RELIGIOUS OPINION. V2 Organization. 'S-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.
FATHER WHY. ARS ELECTRONICA, Linz, Austria and Richmond Art Center.
EXCURSIONS IN EMOTIONAL HYPERSPACE. NCGA CADRE Show San Jose, CA. 1988
OCEAN MERGE. CSU Summer Arts program, San Luis Obispo, CA. 1987
DEMON SEED, SIGGRPAH Art Show, Anaheim, CA. 1987
HI STRANGER, WELCOME TO CITY HALL, SF Arts Festival. 1986
SYNTHETIC SPEECH THEATRE, CADRE Festival, San Jose, 1986.
PARADE OF SHAME, SF Cable TV & SIGGRAPH Art Show, 1985.
TIME ENTITY, SJSU and SFSU Galleries, 1983-84.
PATENT: INTERACTIVE PRINT MEDIA, 1982.
Research and Professional
Panels, Workshops, Symposiums, Editorial and Organizational WorkAdvisor, Interactive Institute, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden. Directed workshops, and advised the director on design of national network of Institutes to orchestrate collaboration between artists and researchers.
Invited Speaker "Beyond Media". "Knowing Mass Culture" Center for Twentieth Century Stuides, UWM, 1999
New Media Opportunities on the Web." Hong Kong International Web Symposium Keynote, Hong Kong, 1997.
MASTER-CLASS, Copenhagen96 ,Copenhagen, 1996. Invited as one of three world artists to work as part of Copenhagen96 Cultural Capital of Europe activities to create a masterclass for Scandinavian artists. Collaborated in creating events that probed areas of emererging Internet technology.
Workshops, World Wide Web Design for Artists. ISEA(International Symposia for Electronic Arts) 1997, Chicago; 1996,Rotterdam, the Netherlands; 1995, Montreal.
Workshop, New Technology and Education. Hawaii Educational Change Project. Honolulu, 1995
Paper Presenter "Artist as Researcher" FISEA (Fourth International Symposium on Electronic Arts). Minneapolis, 1993
Editorial Board, LEONARDO Journal. Advisory Board YLEM Art & Technology group 1982- present
Panel Presenter, "Interactive Multimedia Art," MacWorld Expo, San Francisco, 1992,1991. Chair, Panel on "Artificial Realities, Intelligent Systems, and Interactive Art, NCGA CADRE meetings, San Jose, CA, 1989
Producer, Computer Mediated Events,Distinguished Artist Forum, SFSU,
1988. Chair, Panel on "AI and the Arts", New Technologies Symposium, Chicago
Art Institute, 1987. Chair, Panel on "Creation of Computer Mediated Interactive
Installations in Educational, Museum, and Art Settings", SIGGRAPH , San
Art & New Technology ResearchDirector, INTERACTIVE ARTS, 1982-Present. Consultant to industries investigating the interactive potential of new technology including projects such as interactive directories for office buildings , interactive signage.and hardware & software for physical rehabilitation. Apple Certified Developer. Voice Navigator Developer. Beta Test Site.
Consultant, Cable Channel 35, San Francisco, 1983-1990. I developed hardware & software system to expand videotext capabilities to include voice response & enhanced graphics. As result of proposal I wrote, Apple Computer awarded the station an equipment grant.
Principal Investigator, Advanced Imaging Center, SFSU, 1988. I conceptualized and wrote successful grant to establish an Advanced Imaging Center, which would help creative artists explore new imaging technologies and new kinds of linkages between industry and universities in the research and development and training.
Principal Investigator, CSU Academic Improvement Project, 1984-86. I directed committee planning interdisciplinary computers & arts curriculum and wrote successful proposal for R &D project to develop model curriculum and drafted systemwide policy recommendations.
Exhibit Design & Evaluation, Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago, 1981-82 I assisted in the design and evaluation of exhibits including NSF funded project to teach scientific literacy and NEH project to teach architecture using interactive microcomputers.
Consultant, Development Office, School of Art Institute, Chicago, 1980-82
I investigated art/technology funding opportunities from foundations
and government, helped author successful grant for time arts program, and
helped plan organization development activities to teach faculty grant
Education & New Technology / Urban School ChangeCore Investigator, Project Catalyst, 1990-1993. National Science Foundation funded project to introduce new technologies to secondary school teachers. Exploring System Earth Consortium, 1986-88. I consulted on the design of the human interface for a university consortium trying to develop artificial intelligence modules for teaching physical science
Research and Evaluation Director, Center for New Schools, Chicago, 1970-78. My position included authoring proposals, negotiating with clients and funders, hiring, training and supervising researchers, coordinating technical assistance activities, analyzing data, and writing reports and articles. The Center was a not for profit organization working to improve urban schools through a combination of research and technical assistance.
Central issues in research included: Use of ethnographic methods, in evaluation, increasing the usefulness of research, and working with practitioners in research. The last major project was a nationwide, five year, five million dollar effort to improve urban schools.
Art, Technology & Culture PublicationsInformation Arts: Intersections of Art, Science and Technology. (MIT Press,2001)
"Myths and Confusions in Art, Science, and Technology" paper presented at College Art Association, NYC, 2000 "Art and Research Agendas" paper presented at ISEA Invencao meetings in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1999
Websites: Emerging Technologies Website (Introductions to technologies likely to be culturally significant); Art Resources in Art & Technology (artists links, organizations, essays, think tanks); How-to-Guides for Web Authors (links all available at http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~swilson/)
"Refelections on PARC Artist in Residence Program" in Craig Harris (ed) Art and Innovation. (MIT Press, 1999)
"Art as Research" 1996 (paper commissioned by A*R*T project, Stockholm Sweeden - available online on swilson site)
World Wide Web Design Guide. Hayden Books, 1995
"Aesthetics and Practice of Designing Interactive Computer Events". SIGGRAPH94 Visual Proceedings. ACM, Chicago,1994 (Published as Interactive Hypermedia Work on CD ROM)
"Artificial Intelligence Research as Art Research". Stanford Humanities Journal. (Fall, 94)
"Educating Artists to Work with Telecommunications". THE Journal. Vol. 21: No. 5 (December, 93)
"Light and Dark Visions: The Relationship of Cultural Theory to Art that Uses Emerging Technologies". SIGGRAPH93 Art Show Catalog. ACM, Chicago, 1993
Multimedia Design with HyperCard. Prentice Hall. Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1991
"Research & Development as a Source of Ideas for Artists". Leonardo, Vol 24: No. 3 (1991)
"Noise on the Line - Issues in Telecommunications Based Art" . Leonardo, Vol 24: No. 2 (1991)
"Interactive Art & Cultural Change". Leonardo, Vol 23: No. 2&3 (1990)
"Tutoring Metaphor: Exploring Pedagogical Possibilities of Interactive AI Workstations" ESE Newsletter Issue 17 (September-October, 1987)
"Artists As Explorers on the Technological Frontier". Academic Computing, Vol 1, No. 2 (1987)
Using Computers to Create Art. Prentice Hall. Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1986
Various papers on interactive art events and the relationship of art and artificial intelligence. USF Invitational Forum, Invited Speaker NCGA, 1984,85
"An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence for Artists". in Marcia Chamberlain. CADRE: Computers in Art, Design, Research, and Education, San Jose State University, 1984
"Environment-Sensing Artworks and Interactive Events: Exploring Implications of Microcomputer Developments". Leonardo, Vol 16: No. 4 (Autumn, 1983)
"Interactive Art". InCider (September, 1983)
"Computer Art: Artificial Intelligence and the Arts". Leonardo, Vol 16:No. 1 (Winter, 1983)
Research Methodlogy & Educational Change Publications"Strengthening Connections Between Schools and Communities as a Way of Improving Urban Schools". Urban Education, Vol. 18: No. 2 (July,1983)
"What Practitioners Can Teach Researchers About Research". Teachers Center Exchange, Far West Labs, San Francisco, 1981
"Influences on the Usefulness of Case Studies". Evaluation Quarterly, Vol 3: No. 3 (1979)
"The Use of Ethnographic Methods in Educational Research". Review of Educational Research, Vol 47: No. 1 (Summer, 1977)
"The Use of Ethnographic Methods in Educational Evaluation". Human Organization, Vol 36: No. 2 (Summer, 1977)
"You Can Talk to the Teachers". Teachers College Record, Vol 78: No. 1 (September, 1976)
"Strengthening Alternative Schools". Harvard Education Review, Vol 42: No. 3 (August, 1972)
"Educational Change in the Kibbutz". Comparative Education, Vol 5: No. 1 (Fall, 1969)